Designing Libraries and Basketball Arenas

Friday, June 13th, 2014

This post was written by KET public affairs reporter John Gregory.

This weekend, One to One rebroadcasts Bill Goodman’s conversation with architect Stephen Chung. He’s the host of Cool Spaces!, a four-part series that recently aired on KET. Those programs sought to change the way the public thinks about architecture by telling the stories behind some amazing new buildings on the American landscape, and revealing the people and processes that created them.

On One to One, Chung talks about why design teams now include more than just engineers and architects. He explains how the people who will own, work in, and live around the new building are often brought into the design process. These differing viewpoints help architects challenge fundamental assumptions about the function of certain types of buildings. For example, take public libraries.

Watch Stephen Chung on One to One, Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET.

One segment of Chung’s Cool Spaces! series explored the development of the Barclays Center, the home of the Brooklyn Nets NBA team. University of Kentucky fans may remember that the Wildcats were the first college basketball squad to play in the arena. The Cats opened their 2012 -2013 season there in a game against the University of Maryland.

Barclays Center designers were faced with squeezing a large new building into a very tight urban space. They also had to seamlessly integrate the basketball-specific portions of the facility with retail and public spaces. It’s a fascinating story, and one that may inform the ongoing debate about renovating Lexington’s Rupp Arena.

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